Maersk ship in Suez Canal collision
Maersk Line’s container ship Maersk Tanjong has been involved in a collision with another ship in the Suez Canal in Egypt, according to Børsen business newspaper.
The 8,000-container capacity ship Maersk Tanjong collided with the container ship Colombo Express, which has a container capacity of 8,750 and is owned by the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd.
No injuries to any people or the environment were reported and the damage sustained by the ships was minor enough to allow both ships to sail on.
“There is no pollution. Unfortunately, a couple of containers may have fallen overboard, but both ships are seaworthy and it looks like purely cosmetic damages at this point,” Michael Storgaard, the head of communications for Maersk Line, said according to Børsen.
Maersk is investigating how the accident happened, as is Hapag-Lloyd, whose ship was entering the Suez Canal by Port Said when the collision occurred.
The Suez Canal experiences a high level of shipping traffic as the artificial waterway allows ships to travel between Europe and east Asia without having to navigate around Africa, reducing sea voyages by thousands of kilometres.